By Dan Connolly
The Baltimore Sun
6:23 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold has a bulging disk in his back – which the team believes may have been what has caused the spasms in his neck and tingling and numbness in his fingers.
Manager Buck Showalter said Reimold has been treated in Baltimore with a Medrol Dosepak that is designed to alleviate inflammation. If all works as hoped, Reimold could join the team for the series against the Boston Red Sox that begins Friday, Showalter said.
“We’re going to try a Medrol Dosepak to see if we can get the swelling to go down. There’s a potential for it that he could join us in Boston to play,” Showalter said. “The doctor’s recommendation is just let it quiet down there. Hopefully, it sounds worse than it actually is. If he doesn’t get relief from it, then we’ll see what the next step is.”
Reimold, who is hitting .313 with five homers and 10 RBIs, missed several days last week with neck spasms – he had trouble moving his head from side-to-side. The pain lingered this week, and Reimold called head athletic trainer Richie Bancells on Monday night and said he had “some tingling and numbness in his fingers, which is common with a bulging disk, and Richie got him on a train this morning back to our people to look at it,” Showalter said.
There has been no determination on the course of action involving left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who was in California seeking a second opinion from renowned surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum. A MRA in Baltimore showed elbow ligament damage, and Wada asked to see Yocum, who has operated on Wada’s elbow in the past.
Showalter said one more test – a CT Scan – needed to be administered and reviewed before Yocum would make a recommendation. That recommendation should come tomorrow.
Also, hitting coach Jim Presley is still hospitalized in New York City while attempting to pass a kidney stone that appears to be blocked. Presley missed three games in April because of another kidney stone, which he eventually passed.
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